It’s been three weeks since the magnitude 9 earthquake struck, but the aftermath still presents huge problems for the people of Japan. As I write this the Fukushima nuclear plant is leaking radioactive water into the sea. Here are some of the ways the comics community is continuing to support Japan’s recovery.
- Most urgently, there are only a few hours left to bid on an amazing package of Hellboy original art by Duncan Fegredo + signed books and limited edition busts.
- You can bid for a custom sketch by manga artist Emma Vieceli, one of hundreds of items and services Genre for Japan is auctioning for the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal (bidding ends tomorrow night, April 3)
- Comic writer & artist Neill Cameron has begun a generous project: A-Z of Awesomeness: Japan. Neill is drawing a picture every day of awesome things from Japan and asking people to sponsor him.
- Scott Morse is selling a limited edition Samurai Rescue print of Totoro
- Meg Hunt is putting together Art for Japan 100s of artists have donated work and details of the auction going live will be posted on Meg’s website
- In Japan, 43 manga creators are holding an original art charity sale tomorrow (April 3)
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who helped my own auction raise some money for Japanese Red Cross Society. I thought the scene from Darwin: A Graphic Biography which showed Charles contemplating the aftermath of the 1835 Concepción earthquake would be an appropriate page but I never expected the auction to get such a great response. In particular, people on Twitter were brilliant, including winning bidder @lofttroll, high bidder @iammikek and many others like @jontofski, @feltmistress and @lexrun who disseminated my frequent updates during the period of the auction, resulting in over 1600 page views. Thanks everyone.